Tony[i] has always felt homeless. At a very young age his parents moved to the UK for a better life, and left Tony with relatives and in charge of his younger siblings. Tony was neglected, abused and shown very little love by these relatives, alone and abandoned he longed to be reunited with his parents. Then came the day when Tony was to join his parents in the UK. Even though it was several years since he last saw his parents he was excited at the prospect of finally being loved and cared for.
Tony’s impressions of the UK mirrored the reception he received by his parents: “it was cold, hostile and unfamiliar”. He was immediately put to work, in charge of other siblings he had never met: “no-one showed me love”. Tony’s relationship with his father, in particular, deteriorated. Physically and emotionally abused by his father, Tony felt that he had no other option but to run away: “I remember my first night on the streets, I was naive, totally unaware of the dangers, it was very frightening.” (more…)